Local Economic Impacts of Investments in Community Technology Centers: An Empirical Investigation

Krishna Jayakar, Jenna Grzeslo

Abstract


Although community technology centers (CTCs) provide a host of services that may have economic consequences, few studies have attempted to empirically assess the impact of CTCs on local communities. Controlling for broadband availability and demographics, this study found that there is a small but positive and significant impact of CTC quality on median household income, at the county level. In addition to bridging the digital divide for disadvantaged populations, our research shows that there are also quantifiable economic benefits from CTC investments.


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The Journal of Community Informatics. ISSN: 1712-4441